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artists

Top 5 Art Finds

These Winnipeg boutiques are filled with art beyond the traditional paint brush and canvas. Take home one of these spectacular artful items, handmade with love.
A mash-up of 110 Canadian artisanal products fill the walls and display boxes at Tara Davis Studio Boutique. Find beautiful pieces from hand-embroidered maps from Sadie and June to Birch Street Studio’s laser cut jewellery.
• 246 McDermot Ave, 204‑504‑8272, taradavis.ca
On the fourth floor of an historic building, discover the dream studio of Mud and Stone. Watch the potters hand mould and paint one-of-a-kind decorative serving trays, flower pots and tableware.
• 290 McDermot Ave, mudandstonestudio.com
Find treasures crafted by First Peoples of North America at Teekca’s Aboriginal Boutique. Check out the stunning painted mural mug and coaster sets by Rabbit Studios (pictured).
• 1 Forks Market Rd, second floor, 204‑946‑0539
Shop WOW! Mabuhay outdoor and indoor home décor at the Johnston Terminal at The Forks. Unique products are imported from colourful wind chimes to stone sculptures.
• 25 Forks Market Rd, main floor, 204-947-9342
At Blue Hills Design, find paintings made by Canadian artists along with home décor. Check out the decorative painted wood boxes by British Columbia company Cedar Mountain Studios.
• 444 Academy Rd, 204‑487‑1151, bluehillsdesign.ca

Top 5 Arts & Food Pairings

Get dinner and a show by pairing a performance with a masterpiece meal at one of these local restaurants.

Housemade pastas at The Mitchell Block are the perfect prelude to curtain raising at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. Try tender agnolotti stuffed with sweet potato and sage bathed in brown butter.
• 173 McDermot Ave, 204-949-9032

The oldest continually running theatre company in Canada, Le Cercle Moliere delights with whimsical French language performances. Stop in at the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain before a show and dine on filling tourtiere covered in maple cream sauce at Stella’s bright, welcoming space.
• 340 Provencher Blvd, 204-447-8393

Make a pitstop at the Saddlery on Market, steps from the Centennial Concert Hall, before watching one of Winnipeg’s most venerated arts institutions perform. Roasted beet and goat cheese salad (pictured) will have feet tapping even before the Royal Winnipeg Ballet takes stage.
• 114 Market Ave, 204-615-1898

Magical adventures unfold on the Manitoba Theatre for Young People stage. Take advantage of the theatre’s location at The Forks and slurp up a plate of spaghetti bolognese at the Old Spaghetti Factory inside the Johnston Terminal.
• 25 Forks Market Rd, 204-957-1391

At the Winnipeg Art Gallery, glimpses of Wanda Koop’s work grace the walls. After touring the exhibits, head to the museum’s penthouse level, where Table restaurant serves scrumptious exhibit-inspired lunches.
• 300 Memorial Blvd, 204-948-0085

Mountains of Art

Artists use uncommon techniques to capture local landscapes

By Lisa Stephens

Canadian Rockies galleries are full of mountain inspired art. Artists have always been drawn to the region to capture its rugged beauty.

According to Mountain Galleries owner Wendy Wacko, “The movement began in the 1920s with The Group of Seven, and original voices today are carrying it forward.”

While classic landscapes of lakes nestled between peaks are commonly found on gallery walls, some artists strive to express their unique visions of the mountains through original perspectives, techniques and media.

Stylistic Influences

Wacko notes three top painters in the Mountain Galleries stable who are truly original. Derived from his illustrator background, Brent Lynch’s oils have a unique perspective. “Lynch sees the world differently,” Wacko says.

Artist Brent Lynch

Artist Brent Lynch

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Hot Shopping: Locally Inspired & Custom Halifax Creations

Henhouse at The Hydrostone

Henhouse offers creations of all shapes and sizes.

For those wanting to add some local inspiration to their home style, visit Henhouse for handcrafted furniture pieces and more. Located at The Hydrostone, the store has been around since 2001. Whether you’re going the rustic route or aiming for a modern mix, you can choose from the South Shore Collection and Oxford Collection. Already have an idea in mind? Bring a sample picture and they’ll get the job done. The store also offers a wide range of candles, crafts and, yes, even sock monkeys.

Craving a piece of the East Coast? Jennifer’s of Nova Scotia is all about creations made and inspired in Atlantic Canada. Located on Spring Garden Road, it’s a popular go-to spot for tourists and locals alike. The store showcases the work of more than 200 artists in the region. Check out the unique pottery pieces and colourful glass décor, or head over to the section of books by local authors, traditional crafts and handmade jewellery.

Drop by the Bogside Gallery at The Hydrostone for a dose of local talent. Whether you’re in the market for handmade scarves, stylish slippers, unique dishes, Maritime inspired decorations or neat gift ideas, there’s something for everyone.

Care for a bubble bath? Check out Seafoam Lavender Farm Ltd. year-round at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market for an assortment of homemade lavender creations. Based in Seafoam, N.S., this company has everything from aromatherapy, shampoos and lotions to culinary treats and household cleaning products.

Editor’s Choice
Make your kitchen style stand out with Swaine Street Woodworking. With the workshop located in Halifax’s west end, products are available at several spots around town. Specializing in handcrafted cutting and charcuterie boards, butcher blocks, rosemary lemon cutting board oil and Nova Scotia beeswax polish. Turning everyday kitchen tools into stylish pieces, each one is practical.

Hot Shopping: Inspiring Artists

The owner of Winnipeg’s largest art supply store focuses most on one thing: “Everybody’s a potential artist.”  With her own background in business arts, Janeen Balenovic took over the 35-year-old Artists Emporium 13 years ago, seeing it as a fun opportunity to utilize her people skills. Now, as a retail curator, she strives to inspire the artistic spirit with every part of her 12,000 sq. ft. store, the largest of its kind between Toronto and Vancouver.  “It has to be kept new and fun,” she says, “and people love to touch and feel, and to try things out, so we try to maintain a hands-on feeling for the store.” Beyond the store’s walls, Balenovic fosters the arts community with material and financial support to such local groups as the Winnipeg Sketch Club and the Manitoba Society of Artists.

Hot Dates: Art highlights

"Belmont Park" at the MSVU Art Gallery.

Continuing through November 20 at Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery: Works by photographer Lisette Model (1901–1983), famed for her shoot-and-run portraits of strangers.

Continuing through November 27 at Dalhousie Art Gallery: Stealing the Gaze features symbolic portrait photographs and video installations by Canada’s most celebrated Native artists.

Perks & Quirks: Windborne B&B, British Columbia

By Kat Tancock

Winter or summer, BC’s southeastern Kootenay region is a destination that will keep visitors busy with outdoor activities such as hiking, boating and skiing. Staying at Castlegar’s Windborne B&B, you’ll also have the chance to find artistic inspiration in the mountain scenery by learning from co-owner and artist Mirja Vahala, whose studio and gallery, Inspiring Minds, is part of the B&B property. Call in advance to take classes in acrylic, oil, drawing or watercolour painting; or if you’re really motivated, consider a full artistic retreat with Vahala or other visiting artists.

Details:
Windborne B&B
3900 Broadwater Road
Castlegar, BC
windbornebb.ca

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Hot Shopping: Super Souvenir

Ravensburger puzzle by local artist Bhat Boy.

Searching for a unique souvenir to commemorate your trip to Ottawa? Pick up this limited edition Ravensburger 1000-piece puzzle with a design by local artist Bhat Boy. One of six in the Canadian Artists Collection, the image portrays the historic Glebe neighbourhood and Rideau Canal on a snowy winter day. $27. Available at Wallack’s, 231 Bank St., 613-234-1800, and three other locations.

Tegan and Sara: The Calgary Sister Act Comes Home

By Ryan Duncan

Though Calgary natives Tegan and Sara Quin have been filling concert halls and dominating college radio with their punk rock attitude and folk pop sound,  you might not have heard their music. They’ve played for audiences across the U.S., Canada and Australia, are performers in the 2010 resurrection of the all-female music festival Lilith Fair, and have just released their sixth studio album, The Sainthood.

We talk to Tegan about the double standards for female indie bands, working with DJ Tiesto, and being a gay role model.

THE NEW ALBUM

WC: There is an obvious change in your sound on The Sainthood, what inspired you to take a more pop approach?

TQ: When we first started we had to be very economical. Our first records reflected our band at the time, we had to record music to sell tour dates and hit the road.

Our style of song writing hasn’t changed, but our ability to adapt, change and add things has. Ten years, and several records later we are more confident and although it was not always intentional, we emulate the things we like to listen to. We are creating our image with every new record, and it’s important to create music that people can relate to–when I listen to music on the radio now it doesn’t reflect me or my friends. I grew up in the ’80s listening to Bruce Springsteen and Cyndi Lauper.

MUSICAL ARMAGEDDON

WC: What is the best part about performing at music festivals?

TQ: That depends on the type of festival. The concept of Lilith Fair is incredible. As a feminist it’s amazing to see a group of women taking over the main stage. We just got back from a festival tour in Europe, and although we had a lot of fun, it was pandemonium. Thousands of people, all kinds of weather and liquor—people get so fucking unhinged and crazy, it’s like Armageddon with music.

DOUBLE STANDARDS

WC: Do you think there is still a double standard for women in the music industry?

TQ: It has always been there. There is no shortage of indie rock boys, but the women tend to be unheard of. There are some amazingly talented and intelligent women out there, but they are still half naked trying to sell records. I used to wonder how we would ever make it, there was no way I was going to be able to put on high heels and sell sex in order to be heard. I mean, Beyonce’s a babe, I can’t compete with that.

We get lots of press and very little radio play. That is why I say we are the most famous band you’ve never heard.

WORKING WITH DJ TIESTO

WC: You and Sara are featured on Tiesto’s track “Feel it in My Bones.” How did your collaboration with Tiesto come about?

TQ: We first worked with Tiesto for the “Back in Your Head” remix, we ended up performing with him at a festival. His tour later brought him through Vancouver and he told us that he was going to be making a dance record featuring artists that weren’t in that genre. We are always up for experimenting with different kinds of music; it’s great to play for a different audience so we were in for that.

GAY ROLE MODELS

WC: How do you feel about your sexuality being a common topic in the media?

TQ: Well 10 years ago, the perception of society was to not talk about our sexuality, it was too “racy” for local press. But somewhere between 2002 and 2004 it seemed to be the only thing we were being asked about. We are both very proud to be role models, and if we are helping it to be ‘not as hard’ to be gay for our audience, what’s the problem? The fact is I have been criticized for not talking about it, and for talking about it too much, it’s weird, it’s not like wrote the article that I am being quoted in, you know?

HITTING THE ROAD

WC: How do you feel about being on tour?

TQ: I get nervous about heading out on tour because I love being home, but once I return, I miss the road; it’s a double edged sword. I have grown accustomed to touring, and nothing equals being on stage and playing our music, so in that sense, I have become dependent on it. Touring can be humbling though, it hits us when we hit a city we have never been to before, I mean I wouldn’t roll into Los Angeles, play one show, leave and expect that it’s going to explode all over the country. I am looking forward taking this record on the road. We have an epic tour planned taking us all over Canada, to America and Australia.

BRINGING THE SHOW TO CALGARY

WC: You have two sold out shows in Calgary. Has the experience of playing your hometown changed?

TQ: Playing in Calgary used to present me with a lot of pressure. We would have so many friends and family members to see, and we would have so little time to do it. This year we have two dates in Calgary, I am humbled by that. Putting together our own stage show is something I really like to do, I was in drama as a kid, and really liked putting on plays. That is where the passion for performing stems from.

3-D Artistry

Glass Plant by Susan Gottselig

Glass Plant by Susan Gottselig

The Canmore Public Library Art Gallery hosts Off the Wall: CAAG’s Three-Dimensional Art Exhibition to Oct 20. View (and possibly purchase) the diverse works by 15 of the best 3-D local artists. So drop by to marvel at stunning glass sculptures by Susan Gottselig, handcrafted jewellery by Rudi Peet and functional and artistic pottery by John and Katie Borrowman from Of Cabbages and Kings, plus other impressive 3-D pieces by local artists.